Christmas Day was spent eating, laughing and having fun. As they were the only people in Ravenclaw, besides Annah, Zach and Lilly, Dean and Jared sat with them the whole day and joined in.
Lilly could see Zach didn't like Dean but she wasn't going to let anything ruin Christmas, not even Zach being jealous.
They all got to know each other better and opened up. Lilly learned that Jared loved baking and reading and Dean loved superheroes and pie. Zach pursed his lips as he knew Lilly loved those things too.
While Annah was talking to Dean and Jared, Lilly moved closer to where Zach was sitting.
"Hey." He sighed tiredly.
"Hey. What's up Zach?" Lilly asked quietly. "Why aren't you joining in anymore?"
"I'm just tired Lilly." He looked at her.
"Is this about Dean and Jared?" She asked.
"No. Not Jared. It's just that you two have so much in common. You're wearing the same damn shirt for a start!"
"Honestly?" Lilly narrowed her eyes.
"If I liked Dean that much do you think I'd make such an effort to be with you?"
"I guess not." He mumbled sheepishly.
"Well, whatever your problem is sort it out! I thought you knew me better Zach. Maybe I was wrong." She left him sitting on the couch alone and went to sit by Annah, Dean and Jared, leaving Zach staring after her.
Lilly tried not to let Zach get to her but it was hard when all he did was stare at her. Maybe he didn't know her as well as she thought.
To keep her mind from Zach, Lilly started a conversation with Jared about what books he liked.
"Oh. Um. I like Lord of the Rings and stuff like that." He didn't look her in they eye as he said it as if he was nervous.
"I love those books! They're amazing!" Lilly said.
"Really?!" Jared asked, looking up.
"Yeah!" Lilly said enthusiastically.
"I haven't met a girl who likes that sort of stuff." He mumbled.
"Well now you have!" She smiled kindly.
He smiled back at her just as Dean came over and sat by them.
"What's got you smiling?" He poked Jared in the ribs.
"Oh we were just talking about books." Lilly said, still smiling.
"Ugh! Can we not completely geek out here?! There are normal people in the room!"
Lilly snorted. "I'd hardly call you normal! I've never known someone to know so much about superheroes!"
Lilly looked up at who said it and was shocked to see Zach standing next to where she was sat. He sat down cross legged in between Lilly and Jared. Annah came and sat next to him too.
Lilly laughed. "Yeah. I suppose I do."
He placed his hand in hers and squeezed it gently. Lilly smiled and turned to Dean to discuss how it was possible that she could be Batman.
"Ha! As if a girl could be Batman! Can you even throw a punch!?"
"Uh yes! I could take you right here!" Lilly challenged, raising an eye brow.
"Um. I save you the embarrassment.. For now." Dean said, going red.
Lilly looked at Zach and smiled when she saw him talking to Jared and Annah. She carried on debating with Dean over superheroes until it was dark.
It was about 3am when they all fell asleep in the common room. Their voices hoarse from talking and stomachs full.